Inspired by natural phenomena, Myriam Boucher merges the organic and the synthetic in her mesmerizing videomusic installations, immersive projects and audiovisual performances. Her sensitive and polymorphic work explores the intimate dialogue between music, sound and image—transforming everyday objects into fantastical, living phenomena. Elements in her skin-tingling pieces can move in synchronization with waves of sound, and very fluidly shift from solid to liquid, fragment to flood, plastic to plasmic.
A keyboardist turned visual artist working on the real-time dialogue between music and images, Boucher initially gravitated towards classical piano, jazz and then post-rock, before learning about, and then academically pursuing electroacoustics. Her current Ph.D. research in videomusic composition proposes a classification of image/sound relationships as a building block towards an eventual grammar of the genre. Boucher approaches video much in the same way as she did music composition, through a visual interface that sees her fleshing out digital timelines. Her work has won multiple prizes and in 2018 alone, she has already presented projects at France’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg, Edmonton’s Sea of Sound festival, Lonson’s Sound / Image Colloquium, Germany’s Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival and the Centro Mexicano para la Musica y las Artes in Morelia.
After bringing modified bicycle wheels, altered electronics and palpable on-stage energy to the festival in 2016 as part of A/V performance quartet QUADr, and last year’s Imaginary Landscapes, which saw live audio-reactive visuals projected directly onto the bass clarinet, synthesizer and gramophone players, Boucher returns to MUTEK with the audiovisual performance Phases, a hypnotizing minimalist piece that employs phasing as a theme and process to relate music and image.
Appears as part of Keychange :: Amplify